Cookham Wood Prison information


HMYOI Cookham Wood was built in the 1970s, originally for young men, but its use was changed to meet the growing need for secure female accommodation at the time.

In 2007/8, Cookham Wood underwent a change in function to accommodate 15-18 year-old young men to reduce capacity pressures in London and the South East for this particular age group.

The establishment provides will provide a regime for young men which is consistent with the Youth Justice Board's Strategy for Secure Estate for Children and Young People, and which focuses on providing education and vocational training and reducing reoffending.


HMP/YOI Cookham Wood
Sir Evelyn Road

Tel: 01634 202 500
Fax: 01634 202 501

Governor: Jonathan French

Accommodation: single cells

Operational Capacity: 131

Reception Criteria: Cookham Wood accepts remands and convicted young people. We do not accept detoxing young people or those with serious mental health issues.

HMYOI Cookham Wood has one video conferencing suite.  All Young People are eligible to use the video link, with priority for court hearings. 

The link can also be used for any of the following:      

  • Bail Applications 
  • Sentencing 
  • Pre-case Management Hearings 
  • Parole Hearings 
  • Court of Appeal 
  • Pre-sentence Reports 
  • Inter-prison visits (subject to a criteria) 
  • UKBA immigration interviews 

Legal and Probation visits can be booked using the following email address: 

Alternately you can contact: 01634 202649 / 01634 202653 / 01634 202656 

Video Link operating hours: 
AM - 09:00 - 11:45
PM - 13:30 - 16:30   

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